Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year
Author: Linda Raedisch
Pubpsher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Not so very long ago, Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill. In The Old Magic of Christmas you'll find a Christmas bestiary and a White Witch's herbal, as well as tips for delving more deeply into your relationship with the unseen. Bring the festivities into your home with cookie recipes and ornament making while brushing elbows with veiled spirits and discovering the true perils of elves. Rife with the more frightful characters from folklore and the season's most petulant ghosts, this book takes you on a spooky sleigh ride from the silvered firs of a winter forest to the mirrored halls of the Snow Queen.
A History of St. Nicholas and Other Holiday Gift-Bringers
Author: Tom A. Jerman
Category: Social Science
This is a comprehensive history of the world's midwinter gift-givers, showcasing the extreme diversity in their depictions as well as the many traits and functions these characters share. It tracks the evolution of these figures from the tribal priests who presided over winter solstice celebrations thousands of years before the birth of Christ, to Christian notables like St. Martin and St. Nicholas, to a variety of secular figures who emerged throughout Europe following the Protestant Reformation. Finally, it explains how the popularity of a poem about a "miniature sleigh" and "eight tiny reindeer" helped consolidate the diverse European gift-givers into an enduring tradition in which American children awake early on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought. Although the names, appearance, attire and gift-giving practices of the world's winter solstice gift-givers differ greatly, they are all recognizable as Santa, the personification of the Christmas and Midwinter festivals. Despite efforts to eliminate him by groups as diverse as the Puritans of seventeenth century New England, the Communist Party of the twentieth century Soviet Union and the government of Nazi Germany, Santa has survived and prospered, becoming one of the best known and most beloved figures in the world.
Release on 2014-07-08 | by Blake Octavian Blair,Suzanne Ress,Sybil Fogg,Linda Raedisch,Thuri Calafia,Dallas Jennifer Cobb,Patricia M. Lafayllve,Denise Dumars,Lexa Olick,Melanie Marquis,Ellen Dugan,Natalie Zaman,Corrine Kenner,Llewellyn
Samhain 2014 to Mabon 2015
Author: Blake Octavian Blair,Suzanne Ress,Sybil Fogg,Linda Raedisch,Thuri Calafia,Dallas Jennifer Cobb,Patricia M. Lafayllve,Denise Dumars,Lexa Olick,Melanie Marquis,Ellen Dugan,Natalie Zaman,Corrine Kenner,Llewellyn
Pubpsher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Festive Sabbats for You and Yours Pagan Folklore • Rituals • Crafts • Recipes • Planetary Guidance Now in its sixth year, the Sabbats Almanac features a wealth of recipes, rituals, craft projects, and lore. Filled with over fifty articles by your favorite Wiccan and Pagan writers, Llewellyn's 2015 Sabbats Almanac provides welcome ideas and insights into each holiday on the Wheel of the Year. Plan spiritually uplifting celebrations and family activities. Perform sabbat-specific rituals and world folk rites. Whip up tasty treats and crafts as reminders of the season's gifts and lessons. Also featured are astrological influences to help you plan rituals according to cosmic energies. Creative, low-cost arts and crafts projects Ideas for celebrating the Sabbats Simple recipes for delicious appetizers, entrees, beverages, and desserts Astrological influences with Full and New Moon rituals Extended rituals for groups and individuals Journal pages for keeping track of your festival plans and memories Fascinating Pagan folklore and customs
Illusionist Drake Vale has returned to his hometown for the first time in nearly twenty years. Except back then, he wasn't famous. And he wasn't Drake. He was Logan Valliente, an abused boy from the wrong side of the tracks in love with a girl who was far beyond his reach. Teacher Cecilia Linden is at a cross-roads in her life, but a part of her is unable to move on, partly because of her unrequited young love for a boy she used to know - Logan. As she takes in illusionist Drake Vale's show one night, she is struck with the realization that Drake is really Logan and she's still just as attracted to him as she has always been. Are these two star-crossed lovers fated to remain apart or will the magic of the Christmas season somehow find a way to bring them back together? This 26,000-word short story is written in the modern, adult romance style. It may not be appropriate for younger audiences.
A Christmas Child by Carolyn Davidson Marianne Winters has no one in the world but her baby brother and, with Christmas approaching, she needs somewhere warm to stay. Will she find her home, and a loving heart, with the lonely pastor, David McDermott? The Christmas Dove by Victoria Bylin Maddie Cutler once snubbed bad boy Dylan McCall, but with nowhere else to turn she has come back to town—with a babe in arms. Dylan is a reformed man, and on seeing Maddie again he longs to heal her hurt—and claim her once and for all! A Baby Blue Christmas by Cheryl St.John Turner Price hasn't been the same since he lost his wife and child. But when he finds a young woman and newborn twin babies in his stable, he realizes this may be his second chance to be a loving husband and father, just in time for Christmas!
6 Piano Duets Celebrating the Music of the Season: Late Intermediate
Pubpsher: Alfred Music Publishing
Double the joy of the Christmas season with elegant, inspiring piano duets! Late intermediate pianists will welcome the opportunity to perform some of the world's most beautiful carols, creatively arranged by Dennis Alexander for one piano, four hands. Both parts are musically interesting and rewarding to play. Lyrics are also included. Titles: Carol of the Bells * The Coventry Carol * Gesu Bambino * Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming * O Holy Night * We Three Kings of Orient Are
Release on 2008-09-16 | by Karen M. Caes,Charles J. Caes
Not Too Long Ago
Author: Karen M. Caes,Charles J. Caes
Pubpsher: Xlibris Corporation
A Christmas in Princeton A Christmas in Princeton, is about holly, carols, and joy, but it also celebrates the very reasons for Christmas and its colorful traditions. It is a touching tale of friendship and inspiration, and the mysterious way in which giving can transform the giver. It is a breezy, little tale about the meaning and history of Christmas, and it is full of unexpected thoughtfulness and wisdom for young and old. Tom Cooper is a young lad obsessed with getting whatever he wants. Not only is he self-centered in all his pursuits but he never reflects on the magic inherent in the world around him. That is, until one very special holiday season when a twist of fate brings him to the door of a rickety old shack. It serves as the home of a reclusive old gent who lives the most spartan existence. A friendship develops, and one that brings about a deep and lasting change in Tom. But Tom never fully understands what has happened to him until many years pass and the shack and its habitant are long gone. Though this story was inspired by an old gentleman whose church provided him with a humble dwelling for his remaining years, the names of individuals and places have been changed, and unconnected events have been intertwined to weave the story.
Release on 2015-01-12 | by Sarah Morgan,Sae Nanahoshi
Author: Sarah Morgan,Sae Nanahoshi
Pubpsher: Harlequin / SB Creative
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Lara, a nurse, laughs off the “prophecy” from one of her eccentric patients. The old woman and self-proclaimed fortune-teller predicts that Lara will be proposed to on Christmas Day. To top it off, her husband-to-be will be very handsome and oh-so-sexy. “She’s saying that to someone who has never seriously dated a man before! That’s impossible!” While shaking off such idle thoughts, she proceeds to the emergency room. A doctor has been there waiting for her, a man who just so happens to be extremely capable, handsome and sexy. Dr. Christian Blake. “If it’s this man, he might just fit the bill. No, wait, he’s way beyond my reach. There’s absolutely no chance it can be him!”
Release on 2013-10-22 | by Elizabeth Rolls,Bronwyn Scott,Margaret McPhee
Christmas Cinderella\Finding Forever at Christmas\The Captain's Christmas Angel
Author: Elizabeth Rolls,Bronwyn Scott,Margaret McPhee
Christmas Cinderella: "Handsome country rector Alex Martindale dreams of kissing his spirited schoolmistress and never having to stop... With some mistletoe, he may just get his wish!"-- Page  of cover.